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In David Ayer's End of Watch, Jake Gyllenhaal gave one of the best performances of his career. Paired with Michael Pena, the Academy Award-nominated star played a Los Angeles police officer who stumbles into a case he and his partner aren't anywhere near prepared for. Later this year Gyllenhaal will be taking on another cop role, this time in Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, only as you can see in the clip above, which comes to us via MTV, in this case it appears that he has the upper hand.
Written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), the film begins as two families come together for Thanksgiving in a small Pennsylvania town. Tragedy strikes, however, when the youngest daughters from both families go missing and are presumed to be kidnapped. The case is taken over by Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) whose only lead in an old RV that the girls were spotted playing near before they disappeared. As hard as Loki tries, however, it's not enough for Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), one of the girls' fathers, who is becoming more frantic and despondent as days pass by without results. While Loki continues his investigation, Dover decides to take the law into his own hands.
In the clip above, Gyllenhaal's character has managed to track down the RV's driver, an odd man named Alex Jones (played by Paul Dano). Obviously the detective is trying to get Jones to lead him to where the girls are, but from the look of the suspect's face he has no idea what's going on. It may just be a credit to Dano's acting skills, but I have my doubts about Jones being the kidnapper. Maybe that's just what they want me to think, though...
Watching the movie's previously released trailers in addition to this clip I'm curious about how the story will be balanced between the two lead actors. Jackman's character certainly has the most emotional plotline, as he is living every parent's worst nightmare, but at the same time the previews make it seem like we will be getting to see just as much of Detective Loki's investigation as Keller Dover's vigilantism. Watch the previously released trailers below and you'll see what I mean.
Prisoners also stars Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, and Terence Howard and will be in theaters late next month on September 20th.